Benson Stanley

Benson Stanley was actually born in New South Wales in Australia, but moved to play his rugby in New Zealand. Stanley earned a Bachelor of Commerce before moving to concentrate on his rugby. After a promising debut season for the Blues in 2008, Stanley tore his hamstring off the bone in the Blues’ first match […]

15 Jul 2017

Japanese horror show

The same Blues side that etched its name in the history books last month with a momentous win against the British & Irish Lions has made history for all the wrong reasons today, becoming the first Kiwi side to fall to the Sunwolves. That’s right. The struggling Japanese side scored a massive upset at Prince […]

12 Jul 2017

Blues warm to the Heat in Japan

The Blues have kicked off our new relationship with Honda Heat Rugby Club with a camp in Suzuka, Japan to help prepare for the return to Investec Super Rugby. The Blues squad spent a week at the Honda Heat training base and the camp involved combined training sessions, staff connections and a match. The Blues […]

Danny Lee

Danny Lee brought a wealth of experience to the Blues when he joined the team in 2008. The 34-year-old had previously played for the Hurricanes, Chiefs and Highlanders and was a key influence in Hawke’s Bay’s meritorious Air New Zealand Cup campaign in 2007. Lee played two tests for the All Blacks in 2002 and his […]

05 Jul 2017

Q&A with Patrick Tuipulotu

Ferocious on the field and a gentleman off it, big lock Patrick Tuipulotu prefers to let his actions on the paddock do the talking for him. Nevertheless, we managed to lure in the 12-test All Black with promises of fresh meatloaf if he answered these questions for us… What’s your favourite meal? Meatloaf with mashed […]

Nick Evans

A graduate of Westlake Boys High School on the North Shore, Nick Evans played for North Harbour from 2002-04 and transferred to Otago for the 2005 season after two years of being drafted into the Highlanders. He returned home to play for the Blues in 2008, and the deceptively quick All Black added genuine world […]

09 Aug 2017

Leading from the front: Jimmy Tupou

When Jimmy Tupou lead the Blues onto the field in his first ever game for the club – our round one clash against the Rebels in Melbourne – he joined Zinzan Brooke as the only other player to captain the team on debut. “That was only because James and Jerome were unavailable for that first […]

Taniela Moa

At his peak for the Blues from 2007-08, Taniela Moa was rightly regarded as one of the top halfbacks in New Zealand and came extremely close to being selected for the All Blacks after being drafted into the squad to cover for injuries in 2008. He previously played for the New Zealand Secondary Schools and […]

David Holwell

David Holwell joined the Blues for one season in 2007. A native Northlander, Holwell started his Super Rugby career with the Hurricanes in 1998 where he remained until 2004. Holwell left New Zealand to join Irish side Leinster in 2005, where he quickly established himself as one of the premier first five-eighths in European rugby. […]

26 Jul 2017

Saying goodbye to Charlie Faumuina

At last night’s Blues Awards we bid farewell to the gentle giant with fast feet, a big heart, and an even bigger smile. That’s right. After a remarkable nine Super Rugby seasons with us, Charlie Faumuina leaves the Blues as the sixth most-capped player in our history, and joins an esteemed group of legendary players […]